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Local job seekers are invited to inaugural Kingston Hiring Summit

Photo by Penny Cadue.

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is inviting job seekers to the inaugural Kingston Hiring Summit, taking place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2022, at St. Lawrence College.

According to a release from the Chamber, the event will feature a sold-out roster of top regional employers eager to connect with local talent.

The in-person job fair and networking opportunity is free to attend thanks to the support of ReStart and partner sponsors Frulact Canada and the Discover Ability Network, along with supporting sponsors.

“Finding work can be intimidating and stressful. The Kingston Hiring Summit breaks down traditional barriers to employment by directly matching people who have jobs with people who want jobs. We are here to help the job seekers,” said Julie Langan, Executive Director, ReStart Employment Services. “The Summit is a win-win for our community by connecting talent with opportunities in real time, and that in turn supports our local economy.”

Employers ready to receive resumes and talk about career possibilities at the job fair include:

  • 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment
  • Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Alliance Wireless Communications
  • BGC South East
  • Capital Movers & Storage/Walker’s Van & Storage
  • Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre
  • The City of Kingston
  • Community Living Kingston and District
  • Correctional Services Recruitment Unit
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Cunningham Swan Lawyers
  • First Student
  • Frulact Canada
  • Haakon Industries
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Limestone District School Board
  • MNP LLP
  • ParaMed
  • The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment – Canadian Army
  • Queen’s University
  • Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands
  • Tim Horton’s (Saisethsons Hospitality Group)
  • Utilities Kingston

In addition, on-site organizations offering supports to job seekers include:

  • ReStart Employment Services
  • Discover Ability Network
  • Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
  • KEYS Job Centre
  • Ongwanada
  • March of Dimes Canada

According to the release, the Summit also includes an employer forum, bringing together business leaders, community stakeholders, service providers, and decision-makers to discuss how the pandemic has changed the labour market, along with sharing effective solutions for finding and keeping employees.

The Chamber said that the Summit is a direct outcome of their strategic plan consultation process with members and the broader community.

“We heard loud and clear from our business community that we need opportunities to connect and support each other – especially as we recover from the pandemic’s effects,” said Karen Cross, Chamber CEO. “Kingston is home to both fantastic talent and amazing employers. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future, and our vision for the Summit is that people will come away with hope and tangible solutions to move themselves and their businesses forward.”

Job seekers unable to attend in person may send their resumes to [email protected]; collected resumes will be shared with participating employers, according to the release.

The Chamber said that early registration is encouraged, as a limited number of job seeker spots are available, in order to ensure COVID-19 safety precautions are respected. This event will adhere to St. Lawrence College’s COVID-19 policies. Find details on the Chamber’s website.

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